“I told our team the other day:
We’ve got to become more comfortable with controversy!
We’ve learned how to tolerate it and move past it. Now it’s time for us to learn to view it as a gift, and use it to our advantage. Controversy is a sign of progress. Controversy is a sign of impact. Controversy is a precursor to promotion. And a training ground for greater things.
If you want to be like Christ, expect controversy.
And when it comes, don’t fight it. Ride it. Pray through it. Learn from it. Celebrate it.
And watch God use it to elevate you to your next level.”
I have mixed feelings about that. I think I get what he is saying – when we are really living for Jesus that there will always be people who don’t agree with us and that can cause controversy. At the same time these words don’t settle well with me. As soon as I feel like I buy it I don’t really want to fully embrace it. I guess I feel I am most effective in the lives of individuals when I am not stirring up controversy. In Churches of Christ the types of controversies we have stirred have sometimes not been the best things to stir up controversy over. So I have that baggage too. Any thoughts?